214 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007
Since a truly random number generator seems to be at the bottom of the problem, why has someone not used the most widespread random event of radioactivity to provide the input. You do not even need a radioactive source. natural radioactivity is enough. A narrow angle detector detects events, a timer ascertains the interval between events and creates a number determined by the interval. You can go on for as long as you like to creates a multi digit number which is truly random.
Re: They are doing it again
There's an old saying, which is probably not that old, that the intelligence of a committee is the intelligence of it's dimmest member, and since MS is prone to design by committee, you get this result.
So Apple have re-invented the milk bottle, the coke bottle and whatever else. So much for prior art.
It cpould be
Except for the fact that it's quoted in percentage terms. I'd incline to attribute it to the fact that anyone with any intelligence leaves the set switched off because of the paucity of any programmes worth switching it on for. Perhaps it's the witless lot that are more tolerant of swearing, etc.
Why the 'Donnot bin' symbol
If the things cannot be broken down into component parts for re-cycling, why the large 'Do not bin' sybol on the back?
A cloudy day in London Town
Does this mean that we're all going to be permanently in the dark?
Re: Pivot point...
A couple of points. The canard will not return to a neutral point if a link snaps. It will move to a point of least drag, relative to the direction the rest of the aircaft is travelling. Of course the two will vey quickly be the same as the craft goes into a vertical dive. The second point relates to the wing bushes. They are far too short. Length over diameter is the rule for shaft bearings. Or you could have fitted three bushes. One in the centre of the craft and common to both canards and one adjacent to each wing root. If these two bushes were internally threaded , to fit the threaded shaft, the end location of the wing would have been achieved without binding or looseness.You simply arrange that at the maximum deflection of the wing, there is still an air gap between it and the fuselage. The small increase in air gap at the other extreme is insignificant. So no rubbing of the wing against the fuselage. Even under stress
Re: It's all a matter of perspective
A theory is method of predicting a reult fro a set of parameters, such that the result is ALWAYS correct, under all circumstances. If the result is not ALWAYS correct, then the theory is WRONG. If the theory is ALWAYS shown to be correct, it may be elevated to a Law. i.e, the Laws of Gravity, The Law of Conservation of Energy, the Inverse Square law, etc..
As to a theory in science being more robust than an inspired guess. If you remove the ;science' then you remove the 'inspired'. It becomes a mere guess, and has no validity.
If we take the plethora of climate models, as an example, they are ALL wrong, since they do not predict an actual result, even allowing for measurement and parameter errors. Using the Pythagorian Theorum you can predict the length of the hypotenuse of a right angled triangle, from the length of the other two sides. As anyone who used the early digital computers (eg Sinclair), you did not always get the result as predicted, but that di not invalidate the Theorum, but it has still to be accepted as a Law, despite a very elegant 'proof'.
It's all a matter of perspective
Before you start thinking of caverns measureless to man. Let us put it all into perspective. The oceans have an average depth of about 5Km, and cover about two thirds of the surface. If we reduced the size of the Earth to that of a football, the oceans would be about twice the thickness of a human hair deep Three times that much would only increase that to four times the thickness of a hair (taking into account that the oceans do not cover the whole surface).
Added to that is the fact that we know almost nothing about the gross physica properties of water and rock at such temperatures and pressures. I have seen cubes of Galena (lead sulphide) grown entirely in solid limstone. And that formed at a depth of only a few miles
You have to remember that the theories of the scientific communities are almost always wrong. Sad but true (Just count them up), so these theories are just that. Inspired guesses.
An old saying
That you can fool all the people, some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time. All you need, in the American sense is to have the second category over fifty percent of the population. As seems to be the case. The third option, that you cannot fool all the people all the time, becomes less likely as time goes by.
Sadly, the Laws of the Land are what the goverment says they are. Not what, logically, they should be. I could quote you beeelions of examples.
It looks a nice piece of kit Shame about the MS operating system. If I ask nicely, do you think they'd put a proper OS on the thing?
Re: Psion 5
I disagree. I feel that the Psion PDA family peaked at the 3mx (and not the rubber covered one!). The 5 had a number of significant problems. The structure was weak and easily broken and the battery life was pants compared to that of the 3 series. For versatility, give me the 3. Iknow from where I speak. I introduced the psion into the company I worked for, and arranged the purchase of all the Psion's that came into it. One persistent complaint was that people went on holiday. When they came back, both batteries were flat and all data gone. But only with the 5
The obvious snag
The obvious snag here, of just doing what you're best at, is that, yes, the costs do fall and profits rise. But ulimately someone who has spent the money comes along and takes the whole market. It happened with NCR (Natrional Cash Register) they stayed with mechanical systems, which they had developed to perfection. When along came the digital age and they had no experience or expertise. Straight down the plughole.
Nothing new here.
There used to be a saying, in Poland, I believe, which went. "In America everything is permitted except that which is forbidden. In Poland, everthing is forbidden except that which is permitted." It's just another country jumping on the bandwagon of State control, .
Is it a portent that the link to the "closed Beta" brings up the following ?
Firefox can't find the server at www.streem.com%e2%80%9d.
Nearly as comfortable
It rather sounds a tad more comfortable than doing the same trip tourist class on the worlds airlines. At least you son't have to queue for the loo.
three times as light as
Three times as light as? Can you actually say that?
You really should maintain this article
You reall should maintain this article. I can see it going on for infinity. As someone who has spent the last few days on a menu sage (which was at my expense), in trying to get a question through to both my mobile phone supplier, AND the landline phone company, I can sympathise and agree with every single post.
And that doesn't include the absolute pointlessness of posting on the companies forums.
Complaints about complaints
I chucked Voda, last year, after a four month argument with them about their handling of complaints about, you've guessed it, Customer Service. When I finally gave up, I hadn't had a single reply to several letters, or for any sensible answers to a whole sheaf of emails.
Announcing the bleeding obvious
And does Titan also have bears in the woods?
Perhaps one of these clerics has pointed out the REAL problem with living on Mars. How do you know which direction Mecca is. A degree or two wrong at that range could be crucial. And it's always changing. A REALLY important problem.
Re: Yikes, you've stumbled into...
I think Alistair will find the safe is for the typewriter ribbon I notice is conspicuously absent in the photo. Perhaps Alistair has lighted on a subsidiary of GCHQ. I'd suggest he leave the country at once, but don't tell anyone where you're going.
Speaking for myself....
....as an ex-Vodafone customer. It couldn't have happened to a nicer Company.
If the Chancellor is going to "fix the roof while the sun is shining", someone ought to tell him that the Government has sold the hammer and nails, as well as the ladder.
Surely, you're joking Mr Asus?
32Gb of storage space! You can't be serious!. By the time you's put on a proper (Linux) OS, you'll have a machine with operating systems and no storage for much more than a couple of .avi files. With that you don't really need all that battery capacity. I've an Asus 1225, which replaces my lovely 1008HA, sadly running out of battery capacity, which has 100Gb allocated to Win7 and 167Gb allocated to Linux (Mageia). Manners might maketh man, but storage space makes a useable PC. And the 1225 only cost me £219. 32Gb, don't make me laugh.
Is it actually legal to have all that kit supervised by the guy who is supposed to have all his attention concentrated on the road? Particularly since the hardware is parked in the passengers seat. If I see a 'Here' car, I'll make sure that there's a large tree 'twixt he and me.
You can't "preserve" Pu238. It decays. You use it or you lose it. Unless they have an alternative use for it, cancelling the project makes no sense. Particularly in the reason given for the cancellation. The stuff works by harnessing the decay heat. All they've come up with is a more efficient way of using it. And even then, you throw away most of the heat.
No, they're not in the junk business, but they're not in the value for money business either What they are in is the hype led "All the trade will bear" business
Re: Maybe what's needed is
My vehicles already seem to be equipped with such a device. It's called a fuel tankk. Depending on the vehicle, I fill them with petrol or diesel. It's quick, clean and convenient, and I can get the fuel almost everywhere. Dents and dings hardly seem to bother them.
So you have your p[inter and you have the plastic, or whatever. Now, where do you find the date input? All printers need data, and it certainly doesn't come with the manual You'll be lucky to get a diagramatic outline, in perspective. Or do you just ring the manufacturer and ask nicely for the CAD files of the part you want to print. I have a well equipped workshop, but would need to spend an age of time with measuring tools before I could come up with a working drawing detailed enough to make something that works.
And on the plus side
I bought my first Drobo, some years ago. Yes it was a bit pricy. But, The design was superb, the appearance wa superb.the concept was superb, the build was superb. And not least, the packaging was out-of-this-world. I've never regretted it. I bought the Drobo Share to get the thing nework wide and added a second unit. It's gone though the years, taking two disc drive failures in it's stride with not a loss of a byte of data. I've now semi retired it and bought the Drobo FS, which looks as if it's going to follow in it's predecessors footsteps. Innovation at Data Robotics did seem to cease when Barrall left. Perhaps his return will once more light the spark
I'm saddened by Jack Vance's going. The world is diminished by his disappearance from the literary world. One of my favourite authors. I don't think I could count the number of times I'e re-read his Demon Princes Series.
But what will that do to house prices?
I'm doing my best
I've just bought a new machine. Not that my old one is worn out, or obsolete.The machine will replace one of Asus's netbooks. An EeePC 1008HA, arguably the prettiest thing they ever brought out. I've only bought the new one, an Asus 1225B because Asus say that they're no longer going to make the netbook model, and It was about the very last opportunity to buy a machine which DID NOT have Windows 8 on it. Not that I use the windows bit much, since I'm a long time Linux user. But Win is useful for the odd application where Linux doesn't have the equivalent. So, next year may be a poor year too, with Win 8 the only alternative. Has wnyone a good word for Win 8. I certainly have not heard one.
Re: The battery is only one part of the problem
True enough. But an awful lot of car on the road are permanently on the road. Their owners don't even have the facility to park on their own property. So all street parking is out of the question. Too, an average fill of petrol, say 40 litres, works out at 360KWh. re-charging that, at home, over a period of 10 hours would require an power outlet giving 36 KW. Twelve time the maximum allowed on your average ring main. If your light dim when the fridge kicks in. Think what 36KW will do
The battery is only one part of the problem
And a minor part at that.The REAL problem is charging the things in the time scale of a petrol/diesel tank re-charge. And that's never going to happen. Hydrocarbon fuel is so energy packed the the "re-charging" rate can be considered to be in the range of megawatts. It'd certainly put quite a dent in the local power supply to do the same with an electrical re-charge.
If my local supermarket, a well known company, is anything to go by, they must keep their tomatoes on a shelf in the dtore room for about 19 days before putting them out for sale.
Re: Yup - Me too! (Darryl)
Not so. You're not matching like with like. You can't add waiting in line in one case and not in the other. If the self service tills had a queue (which, more often than not they don't, because the mass of people don't like them) then the case would match. There are three actions in cash-out. Unloading the trolley, cashing, and loading the carry out bags. The quickest system is to choose a cash-out which already has someone who has completed their unloading. Then while the cashier is busy, you unload your trolley. If you have any sense, you arrrange the order of your shopping in the order that it witll go into the carry-out bags without damage. By the time you're done the previous customer is clear. You then move up and start loading the bags with the ordered shopping, while the cashier is passing the stuff through, and the next customer is unloading their trolley. So you have yourself loading, the cashier cashing and the next customer unloading ALL AT THE SAME TIME In the case of self service, you largely lose the option of sorting the order of your loading, so your bread goes under the potatoes. All the actions have to take place sequentially. I've been iknvolved in Work Study Practices in the past, and that's how you get efficient processing. And you have the option of chatting to the cashier or not. Your choice.Added to which, the most fraught part, the cashing, is done by a (usually) skilled operator, where the suff just flies through, and if there's any hiatus (the bar code smudged or obscured), they know how to deal with it.
If only the companies would get their business properly sorted out, there wouldn't be the need for so many support staff, anyway. It's only when thing go wrong, that customers turn to Customer Support, which in truth, the seldom get. I had an account with Voda, for about ten years, but since I live in a no-signal area, it got very little use, except for an emergency phone in the car.. But when I got one of their femtocell units and had to use their Customer Service, because the courier lost the package en-route, it took me five weeks to get a refund. Feeling that a complaint was due. It took me four months to get absolutely no response to my complaint about their Customer Service. I'm now with another provider, but hgave little confidence that they're any better. I contrast, I do a lot of business with Amnazon, which seems to run like clockwork. Only once have I used Customer Service, on an item which was giving trouble, and that issue was cleared up, satisfactorily, in no time at all.
This is not proof. This is merely the assertions of a group with a lot to lose if the "truth" ran the other way. If we go back 50 years, the consensus among scientists was that Continental Drift, Plate Techtonics, whatever you like to call it were a myth. And they had good science to prove it, too.. Go back even further, and the consensus was that the World was flat, and if you went West far enough, you'd fall off the edge. All backed by science. Go back between the two and the consensus was that the atom was an indivisible entity. I could go on and on, and on.
I don't quite get the thrust of this article. The sun and the planets, in any system are all developed from the same dust cloud and therefore have identical mixes. The only difference, in practical terms is that the planets are drastically impoverished in the light elements, hydrogen and helium, particularly in the inner orbits, having lost this in the creation of the planet in it's particular orbit
MS must be fuming at this. Do you think that the'll go out and do a 'Nook' on this. Go out and buy the ISS so they can have it use their systems?
It's sort of traditional in motoring circles to never give a bad review of a new model. You over-grade the innovations and ignore the fact that this is an over-priced, short lived device with no proven long term durability.. The magazines know well, that a review that is a tad critical will meet up with a serious shortfall in advertising for the forseeable future.
Re: Psion Series 5
I introduced the Psion 3 into the company I worked for, and for my pains got to look after the customer base. My impression of the Psion 5 was that it was a step back from the 3c. it had a number of serious weaknesses. The hinge mechanism was weak and broke easily. It was physically bulkier. But the main drawback was the battery life. The Psion three went on and on, but the quiescent current drawn by the 5 meant that two weeks of non use, say your annual holiday, and you'd come back to a dead machine and all your files gone. Many a moaning customer came asking, "How do I get my files back?". I never bought the 5, but skipped straight onto the netBook, which still sees almost daily use.
I've a much simpler system than that. I run a white Land Rover Defender. When I come back to the car park, I simply look for the large white object projecting above the multi-coloured array of boys toys.
A minor point
A minotr point I feel that I should point out. ALL tax paid by a company, and that includes Corporation Tax, is derived from the charge made by that company, on it's customers. So, if Google did not pay the tax, then it's goods and services are therefore cheaper to the customer, all thing being equal.. Thje Governmeat would love Google to pay higher taxes, but that does not mean that the customer would be paying lower personal taxes as a consequence of the government gaining a new revenue stream. It seems to me, of late that the government has given up it's real purpose of governing the country, but has become, like any other company, it's there to maximise it's profits.
Shouldn't that be Lithium Manganese Oxide? The Beeb has it as LiMnO2
I'd tend to doubt any organisation that begins it's spiel with:-
"The cost of clean & distributed electricity generation like wind and solar has fallen dramatically over the past few years making them the cheapest sources of electricity in the world."
Yhey're obviously not talking about the real world, so perhaps their flywheel is in the same world as cheap wind and solar power.
Re: I've forgotten how to do the calculations...
A quick lookup The combustion of 2 Mols of H2 releases 572Kj. The combustion of 1 Mol of carbon releases 394Kj. Total 966Kj. The combustion of 1Mol methane releases 890Kj. So, to split the methane molecule you have to ADD 76Kj, which since you're not burning the Carbon will have to be provided by the hydrogen, so the net release of heat is 496Kj. Just a little over half the amount of energy you started with. And that's not including your losses. of which thee'll be plenty.
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